30 Dec 2004, 11:24am by P. Ryan Wilson
With a depth chart that reads Tim Rattay, Ken Dorsey and Cody Pickett, GM Terry Donahue still doesn't plan on taking a QB with the first overall pick in next April's NFL draft. Donahue says there's no Michael Vick or Petyon Manning coming out of college, so if Rattay is healthy in '05, the 49ers will look to address other areas (of which there are many). If San Francisco is looking for a quick fix to their offensive woes, rumors are swirling that the Ravens' offensive coordinator, Matt Cavanaugh will be fired at seasons' end and should be available.
28 Dec 2004, 03:41pm by Aaron Schatz
TMQ is back this week with his usual sweet plays and sour plays, good blocks, chickening out, complaints about bad NFC teams in the playoffs, commentary on the instructions inside every NFL helmet, and get ready -- you've all been waiting for this since TMQ moved to NFL.com -- a whole section complaining about Direct TV's Sunday Ticket.
28 Dec 2004, 01:57pm by Aaron Schatz
In Christmas craziness we missed this article by Dr. Z on the growth of defensive linemen across the league. Dr. Z is not a big fan of large linemen, feeling that they lose effectiveness late in games and late in the season. Interestingly, one of the linemen that he criticizes is Grady Jackson of Green Bay, a favorite of Football Outsiders. Green Bay's run defense has declined a bit over the past couple games, although I'm not sure this is because Jackson himself is weaker.
27 Dec 2004, 02:52pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's the latest Snap Judgment column at ESPN Page 2, featuring the Football Outsiders QB ratings. This week's ratings flip things around to look at the best and worst receivers. The main column asks if San Diego looks better or worse after their overtime loss to Indianapolis, and which AFC wild card team could actually make some noise. Plus, look who made it into the "Quick Hits" portion of the column!
26 Dec 2004, 03:01pm by Aaron Schatz
Defensive end Reggie White passed away this morning, only 43 years old, of an apparent heart attack. He did not even live to see his induction into the Hall of Fame, which will surely come next year.
22 Dec 2004, 05:28pm by Russell Levine
The NFL has announced its Pro Bowl rosters. Here's the AFC squad, and here's the team from that other conference that's really not very good. Looks like the Eagles lead the way with nine selections. Let the controversy begin! Although that would imply that people actually care about the Pro Bowl. Feel free to discuss here or in the Open Pro Bowl Discussion Thread on the main page.
22 Dec 2004, 02:01pm by Aaron Schatz
The latest analysis from our friend William Krasker on strategic decisions of the last three weeks. What was Dallas thinking by going for two in the first half of its Week 13 game against Seattle? Why should Minnesota have never even been in a situation where they needed a botched extra point to avoid overtime against Detroit? And what's the deal with Jeff Fisher and onside kicks?
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21 Dec 2004, 02:24pm by Aaron Schatz
Our friend Gregg Easterbrook has more on the mediocrity of the NFC, his all-released All-Pro team, and his usual look at sweet plays, sour plays, good blocks, and chickening out. He also thinks the Patriots are a little distracted right now. Oh Notre Dame, why do you hurt us?
20 Dec 2004, 06:22pm by Russell Levine
Uh oh, Philly fans, here comes the news you really, really didn't want to hear. There's an "outside shot" Terrell Owens could return in time for the Super Bowl, but he's likely out for the season.
20 Dec 2004, 05:07pm by Michael David Smith
The Packers' Robert Ferguson will spend tonight in the hospital after being clotheslined by Donovin Darius. Darius insists he didn't mean to hurt anyone. I'm not sure from looking at the tape. But here's my real question: Why is it that the penalty for a cheap shot is 15 yards, and the penalty for pointing at someone after making a big play is 15 yards? Yes, I know Darius was also ejected, but players who deliver illegal blows usually get only the 15 with no ejection. I'm thinking that if I played in the NFL I'd rather have someone taunt me than try to decapitate me.
The Falcons and Bucs are still lacking edge rushers, the Saints need someone to protect Drew Brees, and the Panthers desperately need a second good wideout.